Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Until Rain - The Reign of Dreams
Greek music extends far back into ancient times where mixed-gender choruses performed for entertainment, celebration and spiritual reasons. Instruments during that time period included the double-reed aulos and the plucked string instrument, the lyre, especially the special kind called a kithara. Music played an important role in the education system during ancient times where boys were taught music from the age of six. Later it was influences from the Roman Empire, Eastern Europe and the Byzantine Empire that changed Greek music. Until the early years of this century, musical tradition was preserved in the villages where there was little contact with the outside world. The events and social changes of the 20th century changed the fate of the folk song in Greece.
Okay so this isn’t a about geek culture, history or even great folk music, it’s about one of the finest bands to emerge from Greece in the past few years. The result The Reign of Dreams, a true masterpiece of epic proportions. It’s a slam dunk of Melodic Prog Metal, with an extremely tight and powerful rhythm section reminiscent of vintage Dream Theater and Pain of Salvation but that is not a bad thing in fact who can argue that these bands don’t conjure up incredible inspiration for any up and coming prog metal band. Comparisons aside as I hate doing them, but people need something to use as a reference point. Until Rain does not sound like the previously mentioned bands but do draw from those influences and stand on there own feet offering up a powerful new album that will stay in my play often pile for sometime to come.